July 14, 2009

Obama Unveils Community College Initiative

Today, President Obama will unveil a $12 billion initiative to boost community colleges and move the US toward his goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.  President Obama’s will include the following: $9 billion will go mainly for “challenge grants” awarded on a competitive basis to encourage community colleges to… Read More


July 13, 2009

Seen in DC

Dr. Mari Kitahata, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Clinical Epidemiolgy and Health Services Research at the UW Center for AIDS Research was in DC on June 4th to participate in the HIV Medicine Association Advocacy Day.  She was able to meet with several members to discuss health care reform, federal policy positions and… Read More


Week at a Glance on Capitol Hill, July 13-17

MONDAY, 7/13 ·    The House convenes 2 p.m. for a pro forma session. ·    The Senate convenes 2 p.m. to consider HR 627 —Credit card regulation.  No roll call votes expected.   TUESDAY, 7/14 ·    The House convenes 12:30 p.m. to consider several issues under suspension of the rules.  One of the issues is  HR… Read More


July 10, 2009

FY10 Energy Appropriations Advance

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved FY10 funding for the Department of Energy. As previously mentioned on this site, the House provided $880,000 for the UW-OSU Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, as well as $1,000,000 for the UW Washington State Biofuels project. Although the Senate did not provide similar figures, the… Read More


July 9, 2009

OMB to Conduct Recovery Act Reporting Webinars

OMB has scheduled webinars on Recovery Act reporting requirements. Individuals interested in participating must go to the website and register for each session. The webinars will be available for later viewing on the Recovery.gov website.                           **OMB Announcement** The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Recovery, Accountability and Transparency Board announce that webinars… Read More


July 8, 2009

President Obama Nominates New NIH Director

Today, President Barack Obama nominated Francis S. Collins as the new Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Collins served as Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at NIH from 1993-2008. He is a physician-geneticist noted for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project…. Read More


July 7, 2009

DoD Announces New DARPA Director

Yesterday, July 6th, the Department of Defense announced the appointment of Regina E. Dugan as the new Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dr. Dugan has held several positions in industry, most recently as president and chief executive officer of RedXDefense, a company that develops defense against explosive threats. She worked at… Read More


Secretary Chu Delivers Testimony on Need for Comprehensive Clean Energy Legislation

As many are aware, prior to the July 4th Congressional recess, the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive clear energy bill. Consideration of clean energy legislation now rests in the Senate, where it is expected that a bill of some sort will emerge before the August Congressional recess. Today, Secretary Chu delivered the following testimony to… Read More


DoE Announces New Grant Program for Young Faculty

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new grant solicitation focused on providing support for early-career investigators. The program is the result of a AAAS report entitled Advancing Research in Science Education recommendation, which states that two essential keys to scientific achievement in the U.S. are funding early-career scientists as well as high-risk high-impact… Read More


NIH Issues New Stem Cell Research Guidelines

Yesterday, July 6th, the National Institutes of Health issued new guidelines for the use of embryonic stem cells in research. The new guidelines reflect feedback received during a public comment period. Several higher education associations have praised NIH for addressing concerns with the initial draft guidelines. SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hereby… Read More